After a cold couple of days in Northern Vietnam, Erin and I were off to sunny central Cambodia to see some temples. Flying in to Siem Reap we arrived in one of the nicest airports we've ever seen. Getting through immigration and getting our stuff was a breeze. There was even a tuk-tuk driver waiting there to take us to our hotel. The ride into town was nice and the hotel staff were very accommodating. It didn't take long for us to settle in, change into cooler clothes, and head out for dinner. After some walking around we found a good Cambodian place to eat which let us try a variety of meals for not very much money.
The next morning after breakfast and booking our activities for the rest of the week we hired a tuk-tuk driver to take us around to the different temples for the day. The main temple of the region is Angkor Wat, but there are in fact dozens of temples in the region. We started with Angkor Thom which contained within it Bayon. We loved how we were able to climb on and around this centuries-old temple without being forced to a specific path. This was the same for most of the temples as we were free to roam as we chose. We took a route around Baphuon and Phimeanakis; over the Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. All beautifully carved.
By the time we had met back up with our driver it was around lunch time and we were getting exhausted from the heat. Having some ice cream and creatively carved pineapple gave us the energy to drive on to our next stop, Ta Prohm. Unlike most temples in the area, this one has been left in much the same condition as it was found. Used in scenes from the original Tomb Raider movie it includes several trees growing in and around the temple ruins. Once we finished there we went to a small restaurant near the Angkor Wat temple for a true lunch and to cool off. After lunch we had some time to explore Angkor Wat in all its glory. It is a massive temple with well preserved carvings on several of the walls.
After two short flights and a long layover in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) we were back home. It was a great trip and we were glad to have experienced such amazing sights first-hand. We would definitely recommend both Vietnam and Cambodia to anyone traveling in the area. I feel especially lucky to have such a wonderful traveling partner to enjoy these places with and I'm looking forward to our future travels together.